Hunter's Moon will make an appearance this weekend

  • Hunter's Moon will make an appearance this weekend

Hunter's Moon will make an appearance this weekend

A full hunter's moon will rise Sunday evening, lighting the sky with a fall-appropriate orange glow.

The moon appears largest, and most orange as it rises over the horizon because the light is passing through the most atmosphere at that angle.

This is said to be because of "the location of the moon near the horizon that causes the Hunter's Moon - or any full moon - to look big and orange in colour". Since fields had been reaped under the Harvest Moon, hunters could more easily see animals.

"When the moon is low in the sky, it is farther away from you than when it is directly overhead", wrote astronomer Bob Berman. "Your brain compares the size of the moon to the trees, buildings, or other reference points, and suddenly, the moon looks massive!" The moon gets its name because it occurs at the time of the year when the leaves have fallen and time to hunt begins, according to NASA.

The Ojibwa people called this month's full moon the "Mskawji Giizis", or Freezing Moon, as October typically marks the first frost, and the Cree people called it "Pimahamowipisim", or Migrating Moon, because of bird migrations, according to Space.com, Live Science's sister site.

The cool part about the full Hunter's Moon is that it will rise at sunset and set around the same time as sunrise due to the recent equinox.